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Following on from my last post about green smoothies, I discovered another combo which was so delicious I had to share. I hope you like it too.

To make, blend together the following in a high speed blender:

2 kiwi's
5 large leaves of kale
1 floret of broccoli
1/4 large avocado (or 1/2 small one)
pulp of 3 passion fruits
handful of pumpkin seeds
1/2 pear
1 1/2 tbsp's wheatgrass powder
400ml coconut water.
 

Green smoothies are really popular at the moment - once you get past the colour and the fact you are drinking vegetables they really are very delicious when you find the right combo! Make sure you have some fat in your green smoothie (such as avocado, nuts or seeds) as the fat helps to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in the fruit and vegetables. There is also some concern about oxalates in consuming large amounts of raw vegetables for a small proportion of people, as with everything this is dependant on the individual and it is always recommended to see a professional when making changes to your diet and lifestyle. But for a lot of people green smoothies are a delicious way of getting more fruit and veg in your diet and staying well hydrated at the same time.  There are loads of guides out there to help you make them yourself, here are a few I liked:

Mind Body Green - Is your green smoothie actually healthy and balanced

Mind body Green - Green Smoothies 101
Frank Lipman MD - 24 Favourite smoothie recipes

Green smoothies - the magic of getting plant nourishment into children

And here is the recipe to one of my own concoctions which came out really nicely, it is delicious (honestly!)!

To make, blend together the following (but bear in mind I went a bit crazy and this makes quite a lot! So it is perfect to share or else you can reduce the quantities):

10 large kale leaves,
1/2 cucumber
lemon juice from 1/4 lemon
1 mango
3 kiwis
1 nectarine
large handful of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large heaped tbsp wheatgrass powder
500ml coconut water
5 ice cubes

Serve and Enjoy :)

 
We've all done it, if you've had a long week or are just feeling tired it is so tempting not too cook from scratch and reach for the takeaway menu, or grab some quick convenience food instead. This is when it's important to remember that there are lots of healthy fast food options. Eggs are one of my favourite, despite the unwarranted bad press eggs have got in the past, they are great source of protein and other essential nutrients and even better they take minutes to cook! They are something that we all usually have in the fridge a lot of the time, so when you are feeling like a quick easy dinner, reach for the eggs, throw them in with anything else in your fridge (I love them with avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, butternut squash, fresh and dried herbs.....the list could go on forever). Just heat some oil in a saucepan, add in your veggies (keep avocado out until after you add your eggs) until they are lightly cooked, then add in your eggs and stir until they start to thicken, throw in the avocado and cook until warm and serve either on it's own or add onto some 100% whole rye bread, gluten free bread or anything you like.
 
A perfectly ripe avocado is one of lifes perfect pleasures for me. Add in the mix some fresh lemon juice, olive oil and black pepper and wow, simple but very tasty! They just go together so well, the lemon really gives a zing to it. Avocados are full of healthy fats and are easy to transport and quick to make so this would make a great desk-fast (I just discovered this word for eating breakfast at your desk and am loving it! The word rather than the action of course...). Serve it on your choice of healthy toast (avoid the white processed stuff at all costs!) and you have a simple but delicious breakfast. To up the protein and good fats you can also add some toasted seeds on top or have them on the side with some berries and cinammon on top as a kind of 'breakfast dessert'!